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Did you know that the average American household spends more than $2,200 annually on energy bills, and close to half of that figure can be attributed to heating and cooling? If you’re looking to chop that number down, there are a lot of things you can do, but one of the most effective is to install a programmable thermostat. You’ve probably heard about these useful gadgets before, but they can be a little intimidating for homeowners who have never used one. The truth is that they’re probably much less complicated than your Tivo or DVR system, and once you have the hang of it, they can save you about $180* a year. Read on as we break down the basics of programmable thermostats into digestable bits.

* Based on ENERGY STAR averages. The $180 savings assumes a typical, single-family home with a 10 hour daytime setback of 8° F in winter and setup of 7° F in summer, and an 8 hour nighttime setback of 8° F in winter and a setup of 4° F in summer.

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  1. Theresa Harmanen October 28, 2012 at 4:40 am

    Great article! Love how you can control the thermostat remotely!

  2. Tafline Laylin October 26, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Excellent information for home owners. Thanks so much Yuka.

  3. Diane Pham October 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    the wifi enabled thermostat is great. wish it was a little less expensive, but i guess you get what you pay for.

  4. Hazel Saunderson October 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    This is really useful… It’s starting to get cold over here in Scotland, but any welcome energy saving tips for keeping warm this winter are always welcome!

  5. Molly Cotter October 25, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Great idea with the app! I can adjust my thermostat from just about anywhere!

  6. Mike Chino October 25, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I’d love to have one of these in my house – adjusting the thermostat from my phone would be great.

  7. pupapup October 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Love the wifi thermostat apps – what a good idea!

  8. Mark Boyer October 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I would love to be able to control my thermostat remotely when I’m traveling.

  9. Alyssa Alimurung October 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I know so much more about thermostats now having read this article. Great post, Yuka!

  10. Alyssa Liana October 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I didn’t know there were different kinds of thermostats!

  11. Lori Zimmer October 24, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    This is great- I’m really penny pinching this winter!

  12. Jill Fehrenbacher October 24, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Nice article Yuka, this really breaks down the thermostat thing and makes it easily understandable!

  13. Alyssa Alimurung October 24, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    That WiFi-enabled thermostat looks super useful for busy people!

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